NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING - 14th MAY 2005 -
Source: Australian Prayer Network
THANKING GOD, THANKING EACH OTHER
In this update we outline plans being put in place to increase the
awareness of the day across the nation, how we intend to increase the
promotion of the day from a national perspective, and how you can assist in
Churches, communities and individuals are beginning to gear up for next
years National Day of Thanksgiving with requests for material, information
and assistance steadily coming into our office.
We are looking for nationally recognised individuals from the fields of
Church, politics, sport, entertainment and the community, to act as
Ambassadors for the day. Their role is simple. We ask only for 15/30 seconds
of their time. They are men and women widely known across the nation who
would be prepared to give us a 15 or 30 second sound bite (and video if such
could be arranged) for playing across the airwaves of our nation stating why
they support the National Day of Thanksgiving.
This is how you can help us. If you personally know such a person could you
please approach them on our behalf and ask whether they would be willing, to
give us the stated sound bite. If they agree would you please let us know at
firstname.lastname@example.org giving us their name and telephone contact number.
We will pass on that information to the people doing the sound production
and they will be contacted for their statement in due course. If you know of
such people, but not well enough to approach them yourself, would you kindly
advise us of their name and contact details and we will arrange an approach
ourselves. Please do not just give us names. Contact details are essential
before recommending them to us.
RADIO AND TELEVISION PROMOTION
We are confident that we will have more than 180 Christian radio stations
committed to being major sponsors of the day in their respective cities and
communities across Australia. The VisionFM network, many Rhema stations and
several stations in our major capital cities have already agreed to
extensively promote the day and encourage their communities to "own" the day
at the local level. We are working towards obtaining a "blanket" support
level from Christian radio across the nation.
The Australian Christian Channel, currently available on Optus Pay TV and
soon to be added to Foxtel & Austar services, will be our primary television
sponsor. They are in the final stages of building us a new interactive
website (at no cost to us) which will enable communities to register events
themselves on the site thus allowing people to gain ready access to such
We have obtained the honorary services of a writer who is currently writing
articles that will be sent for publication to Church and secular press
outlets in an endeavour to increase the print coverage of the day in
newspapers and magazines across the country. Koorong Books have agreed to
again distribute 120,000 leaflets next year in their monthly catalogue at no
cost to us.
CHURCH AND MEDIA KITS
These are being prepared at present and when available will be sent on
request and free of charge, to Churches and media outlets to assist in the
promotion of the day to members of their congregations or communities. If
you are prepared to promote the day in your Church and would like to place
an order for a kit please email name of person and postal address to which
they should be sent to
email@example.com Be aware however that delivery will not be until
early next year. A marketing consultant is also assisting us (again free of
charge) in developing a model that can be used in communities across
Australia by folk keen to give leadership in promoting the day in their
We have made a decision to print up to 400,000 thanksgiving cards this year
(as against 80,000 last year) and Koorong Books have kindly agreed to be the
national distributor for these cards which will be available from around
February next year. They will be able to be ordered online from early next
year. Details later when cards are ready.
Obviously to undertake promotion on this scale requires substantial funding.
We are grateful for the support of those companies and individuals mentioned
above who have already committed to undertake substantial work at no cost to
us which is equivalent to tens of thousands of dollars at commercial rates.
We need however the support of the general public to assist with production
and mail out costs for Church and media kits, for the printing of that and
other material that will need to be produced. Obviously the more funding we
receive the greater will be our ability to penetrate the community with
material promoting the day.
We therefore seek assistance in the following form.
* Donations made payable to the Australian Prayer Network from
individuals, Churches or businesses committed to seeing this day properly
celebrated in our nation. These should be sent to PO Box 31, Epping NSW
* Businesses, organisations or individuals who may wish to donate their
services by undertaking work for us free, or at cost, in the areas of
printing, distribution of advertising material in mailouts etc, website
management, or other services that could be useful in facilitating this day.
Please remember this is a grass roots movement not privy to any government,
church or organisational funding. If we all put our shoulder to the wheel
however there is no limit to what can be achieved.
THE NATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING IS AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT AN EVENT
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